Eric Tran a Semi-finalist in Prestigious Entrepreneurship Competition

Eric Tran

Eric Tran, one of Cogswell's Entrepreneurship bachelor degree students, was just notified that he is a semi-finalist in the Student Startup Madness Tournament, an exciting nationwide tournament-style competition for college student digital media startups.

Out of 64 teams, 32 teams have advanced to compete at the regional level. Two teams will emerge from each of the four regional competitions and form the "Entrepreneurial Eight" who will then be invited to pitch their businesses at the national finals in Austin, Texas on March 11, 2013 in conjunction with South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW).

Tran's company, Parallel Players LLC, makes games that help people adopt healthy behaviors through meaningful game incentives. The player's avatar becomes more powerful each time the player chooses healthy activities. The game's primary audience is diabetics whose self-care is critical in order to reduce their risk of serious health issues like kidney disease or blindness.

This is the same company that Tran pitched at the National Elevator Pitch Competition as a finalist in Chicago in early November.

Each round of this nationwide tournament is designed to build momentum, awareness and social media buzz, drawing attention to colleges and universities as sources for innovation, entrepreneurship and talent while showcasing innovative university entrepreneurship programs and encouraging college students to start businesses.

The major sponsors for this year's competition are Turner Broadcasting's Media Camp, Foursquare and Rain Media.

December 18, 2012